T. K. Rex is the author of twenty-ish short stories and poems, which have appeared in literary journals and genre magazines including Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Reckoning. They're an alumni of Futurescapes 2019, a member of the infamous 2020 2021 2022 Clarion Ghost Class, a 2023 graduate of the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop, and a full member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association.

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SHORT FICTION

Davu the Explorer and the Druid Tía Yara
Roses & Wildflowers, Spring 2024
A solarpunk story about a boy's adventure gone wrong, and the biases about merged technology-biology his community must overcome as they search for him.

The Hen and the Shadow of the Monstrance Street Commune
Haven Speculative, January 2024
It's 1993 in Northern California. A shadow in the commune garden wonders what it means to be a monster.

Water, Which Laughs At All Things
New Edge Sword & Sorcery, Issue 2, December 2023
In a drought-ridden land, an ancient sorceress, a gladiator poet, and a mostly-reformed thief must rescue a watertender from a despot and his agricultural folly.

Hi From Shelling Point
Utopia Science Fiction Magazine, October/November 2023
An astronaut waits around a black hole for every planet in the galaxy to die, except for one.
 
A Layer Thin As Breath
Escape Pod 907, 2023
Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2019
Metaphorosis, July 2019
Exopaleontologist Valley Viridian struggles to communicate with a space cobweb as it drags her to a desolate moon.

A Lot Full of Weeds
Little Blue Marble, September 2023
A San Francisco tech worker tosses a seed bomb into the empty lot across the street from her apartment in the Tenderloin. It's, uh, not an ordinary seed bomb.

Margot, the Clouds Will Part Again For Us
Dreams & Nightmares, September 2023
A poem in conversation with Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day. (Available in the print issue only.)
Ravens Made of Lichen, with Beaks of Black Basalt 
Typehouse, Volume 10, No. 1, Issue 27
Alana's dad is going back to Earth to find a mermaid he had a fling with in college. Alana doesn't want to leave Mars. Can she make it on her own?

Saltwater Rinse
Club Chicxulub Journal, 2023
A resident of downtown San Francisco needs to make this mouth in her knee stfu before it incites a riot.

The Six Years I Spent With You On Chenhablimesh
Uncharted Magazine, 2023
Memories of a relationship with an extraterrestrial come flooding back after watching a viral video.

Squawker and Dolphin Swimming Together
Reckoning 7
A team of scientists and a wild dolphin strive for a communication breakthrough in the midst of climate chaos.

The Roots in the Box and the Roots in the Bones
Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2023
A ranger escorts a desperate husband into the AI-managed wilderness to find his missing ecologist wife. (Available in the print issue only.)
A Holdout in the Northern California Designated Wildcraft Zone
Grist, Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors, 2022 collection
A curious drone faces an ethical dilemma when an old woman refuses to make way for rewilding.

The Beast of the Shadow Gum Trees
New Edge Sword & Sorcery, issue 0
Moth gave up immortality for love, lost it all, & threw himself into the sea. Now he's on a strange, new shore, at the edge of cursed wood...

The Hall of Being
Luna Station Quarterly, issue 051
To answer a young gatherer’s question about a foreign belief system, a new spiritual leader begins a psychedelic quest for truth.

And in Her Sleep, She Cooed
The Molotov Cocktail, vol. 13, issue 1
A San Francisco pigeon finds herself naked and flightless in a parking garage.

Gentle Dragon Fires
Strange Horizons, 17 January 2022
A reluctant elder finally claims her birthright to help heal a broken land.

My Favorite Shape Of All
Queer Blades: An Anthology of LGBTQIA2+ Adventure Fanatsy
A cursed shapeshifter seeks revenge on the king — and accidentally falls for the prince.

Ten Years In
Daily Science Fiction, July 20, 2021
Maria from the bakery slips her crush a discount love potion.

Growing Swirling Clouds
TERSE., February 2019
Bards & Sages Quarterly, vol. XI, issue IV
A robot named Coral cares for the last elder left behind in orbit after a generation ship reaches its destination.

The Steak
The Offbeat, vol. 19, Spring 2019
Chrissy and Mark settle in for dinner from their favorite meal delivery app. The dinner has other plans
(available in the print issue only)
Surface Tension
JMWW, July 2018
A barista with a crush on a customer is spectacularly unaware of what’s in store for them.

Open letter to the tech bro who spat at me, from that pigeon eating a noodle on Market Street
Art + Marketing, March 2016
We’re not “rats with wings.” We’re dinosaurs with wings. You’re rats with messenger bags.

T. K. (they/she) grew up in Northern California and Northwest New Mexico where they spent countless long afternoons exploring the redwood forest and the high desert. Raised by a poet (L. Ann Kinyon) and a journalist (Malcolm J. Brenner), it was almost inevitable that T. K. would become a writer—but they've always had a passion for science, and studied to be a paleontologist before settling on fiction. Their stories have been described as climate fiction, solarpunk, hopepunk, eco-fantasy, sword and sorcery, slipstream, science fiction and literary; but the common throughlines are richly textured worlds, characters striving for connection, and the complex relationship between people, technology and the environment. T. K. spends their free time gaming, hiking around the Bay Area, and photographing street art in their San Francisco neighborhood, where they live with their partner, artist/musician Gary Boodhoo, and their two enormous tuxedo cats, Kaiju and Nyx.

INTERVIEWS AND PRESS

Seven SFF Stories Featuring Rebellions Big and Small
Tor.com, Dec 6, 2023, by Ratika Deshpande
Featuring a short review of “A Holdout in the Northern California Designated Wildcraft Zone” by T.K. Rex.

Hopepunk Panel
Watertown Free Public Library, January 24, 2023
T. K. Rex discusses the emerging hopepunk genre with fellow authors Renan Bernardo, Brianna Castagnozzi, and Susan Kaye Quinn. 
 
Finding and Breaking Utopia
From Earth to the Stars: The Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Author & Editor Blog, January 12, 2023
To build the world of The Roots in the Box and the Roots in the Bones, T.K. Rex devoured books about California’s natural history. In this post, she discusses the horror and revelations of an epic deep dive.
 
New Edge Authors Say Hello
So I’m Writing a Novel, Episode 53, Oct. 9, 2022
T. K. Rex chats with Oliver Brackenbury, editor of New Edge Sword and Sorcery, about writing The Beast of the Shadow Gum Trees for issue 0 while attending the Clarion Writers Workshop.
 
Wyrd Question Daze: T. K. Rex
Wyrd Daze, Nov. 27, 2022, by Leigh Wright
T. K. Rex muses on the tiny UFO that flew through her kitchen when she was five, and other stuff.
 
The Hopefulness of Destruction
Woke AF Daily, Nov 15, 2022
T. K. Rex and Danielle Moodie discuss the nature of hopeful fiction in the climate crisis.
 
Interview with Thea Boodhoo
Writing Off The Deep End, Episode 25, July 5, 2020
T. K. Rex (whose nonfictional name is Thea Kinyon Boodhoo in case you were wondering about that) (also it's pronounced "tay-ah") has a chat with Mary Thaler and Geoffrey Edwards about writing and the research process for a novel that later became The Roots in the Box and the Roots in the Bones.
 

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